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Blog Herding: Community Edition 09/15/11

by Game Informer Editorial on Sep 15, 2011 at 06:00 AM

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The big game of the week that everyone is playing and writing about is Dead Island, a first person horror action-adventure video game developed by Techland and published by Deep Silver. Other members tackle the sometimes controversial topic of what it means to be a gamer. Finally, there are several projects being heralded by different members of the community, including a book deal, a charity fund raiser, and a GI community rally. Read the blogs below for all of the details.

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Community Blogs:

Why Gamer Elitism Is Bad For The Industry
Is loving video games enough to define you as a gamer and does the number of games you have or achievements you've been awarded somehow make you a better gamer? These are the issues jimmy2tymez tackles in his blog on gamer elitism.

Book Project Phase II: Author Nominations (Make Them)
Shawn Gordon is championing an effort to publish a book encompassing the works of the Game Informer community. After receiving a ton of interest in the idea, he's now prepared for the author nomination phase.

Assassin's Creed Revelations Multiplayer Beta Impressions
Matt-boy provides feedback on his experience playing the AC: Revelation multiplayer beta, complete with a short and long version depending on how much information you want revealed.

Surviving The Dead Island Of Banoi: A Photo Essay
Dead Island is receiving a ton of attention and Shootist2600 takes an interesting approach with delivering his thoughts on the game by including a series of photos to capture all of the action.

The First Annual GI BroTrip: The Biggest Event Ever!
Many of us have made some good online friends during our stay at Game Informer, but a few members are taking it to the next level by meeting in person in what is being labeled the first ever GI Bro Trip – coming up in October. For more details, read the forum post here.

When Fox News Attacks: SimCity Societies
Fox News ran a story about how video games are going green and promoting environmental awareness. GI community member stormfront takes somewhat of a satirical approach to analyzing each of the transcript's data points.

Advice From A Former Fan To Call Of Duty
With one of the largest audiences in the history of gaming, will gamers ever grow tired of Call of Duty? FamilyGuyGuy7 takes a humorous angle with a few ideas he'd like to see incorporated into the game to keep him a fan.

The Low Budget Guide To Buying Video Games
Has the current state of the economy affected your video game purchases? If so, check out TOGNick's blog for some budget savvy tips to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.

Can Gameplay And Story Truly Co-Exist?
Responding to remarks made by David Jaffe at PAX Prime about games being games and not movies, indiejones comments with a persuasive blog on his perspective of the topic.

My Time At Call Of Duty XP: Picture And Video Wrap-Up!
If you didn't get a chance to attend the Call of Duty XP event in Los Angeles, CA, then check out this blog by eyros2k, complete with pics and a video of the event. Stand by to be jealous.

GIO Community Update: Week Of 9/4
Don't have the time or desire to sit down and read through all of the user blogs posted at Game Informer, then perhaps you'll be interested in the clever approach used by BlackHeartedWolf. He's created short video clips of him reviewing some noteworthy blogs.

Game Informer Reader Recap: GIO Community Edition #4
Derreck returns with another episode of the GI Reader Recap featuring fellow members stayedstar, blaze6106, and A Dark Knight as they discuss the question of the month, "What is your favorite video game power-up and why?" When you finish Part 1, check out Part 2 here.

The Importance Of Home Base (In Both Games And Real Life)
Oni no Tenshi returns with a compelling blog about the importance of the home base. The fact that the blog was inspired by real world events makes it even more special.

My Biggest Issue With The Gaming Community
Often known for discussing controversial issues, Demon Ragnarok vents a little on recent trends in gaming culture including what defines a video game and gamer.

Review Of The Week:

El Shaddai: Ascension Of The Metatron (PS3)
EL Shaddai sounds like a brilliant and beautiful game but does that mean it's worth playing? Read Samurai Zero's review to see why he thought so and awarded the game a 9.00 – the same score that Game Informer's Andrew Reiner and Phil Kollar gave it.

 Community Podcasts:

The Indie & Mojo Show Episode 4
In the latest episode, indiejones and mojomonkey12 return to discuss various items from the community and industry, including the quest to get indiejones a spot on the next season of The Tester, the "R" word controversy, and hints of a charitable fundraiser in the works with the potential for a really cool prize.

Robot In The Corner Podcast: Episode 47
This week, Wes talks about the Sharkoon gaming headset, Dean talks about Mad Men and the Rezurrection DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Titus talks about getting back to gaming.

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Happy Blogging!

Your friendly neighborhood blogging community for the week of September 05-11, 2011:
Anticitizen-One, Apozem, Austin, Belske83, BlackHeartedWolf (9), born4this, Bryce, Ceron Koch, Cody Gilley, Cru Hunter, D. Robinson, DeadManWalking, Delancey, The Not So Feared One, Demon Ragnarok (2), Derreck (3), derth44, DoctorNight, Drym Shyuan (5), Dstubbs (2), Dustin G (2), Elisha Muir, Enigma, eyros2k, FilyGuyGuy7, firedude3663, Forsberg, freak24 (3), Gamebeast23456, indiejones (3), Jack, The Quixotic Gamer (4), jimmy2tymez, Joshua Weibel (3), KAGEHOSHI- (2), kebebasan, Lancehead, Mafia Merc Mike, Marineboy19, Matt-boy, Max a young true gamer, Meta77, Mr Colossus, Mray901, Nathan Honaker, Oni no Tenshi (4), Raizan, redlitez76, reidloS doG, Robert, Romars202129, Sean, ShadowDragyn, Shawn Gordon (2), shooterboy23, Shootist2600, stayedstar, Still_Insane22, stormfront (2), thatfoxguy, The Game Store Guy (3), The Illest Villan, The87thNemesis, Titus212, TOGNick, TurdFurgy, Vurtax (2), wayoverdue (4), xl9, yoshistrike64, and of course yours truly...Saint.

Video Game Quote of the Week:
"Make yourself comfortable, hacker. Stay a while."
– Shodan, System Shock